GTPlanet Weekly Rewind: Look in the Mirror

December 7th, 2012 by Michael Leary

What a crazy week this has been, nay, what a crazy Friday this has been for me thus far. Whether it be my own computer not wanting to function as it should, or our very own Jordan spooking the daylights out of me with the newly appointed “GTPEDIA” footnote here – I’ve had quite the experience in these few hours ushering in a new Friday; the first for December might I add.

If you’re asking yourself “Well how could text have spooked you, T?” the answer is simple: I have a procedure; a ritual if you will, where every week I’ll enter the header title, fill out the excerpt, check off the applicable categories and hit “Preview”, just to see where I stand and what direction I want to go in with the Rewind. Now, nary a word had been written and here’s this block of text there, taunting me. What was I supposed to think? Ghosts, that’s what.

With everything steadily returning to normal and my sanity firmly intact we can move onto this week’s Rewind! I’ve been photoshooting like a madman as of late and I’m easing back into getting not only good shots out of the mix, but good edits as well. Check out my gallery and judge for yourself because I’m all ears to any form of criticism. Granted, I’m not at the point where I’m really “happy” with anything I’ve put out just yet but I’m getting back to the point where I am, but don’t let that stymie any thoughts going into the gallery.

Enough of my rambling, on with the show!

GTPlanet Picture of the Week

This week’s vehicle, recommended by dice1998 and courtesy of ShaolinMasta and features the Schultze Motorsport GT-R screaming down what looks like the Mulsanne Straight at Circuit de la Sarthe in a masterful wet weather edit.

Have a suggestion for next week’s featured image? Drop me a private message, entitle it “GTPlanet Picture of the Week” and fill it out with your two choices and they’ll be featured in upcoming Rewinds.

[GUIDE] Reflection Tutorial

Have you ever wanted to visibly reflect your favorite vehicle(s) in Gran Turismo 5 but never knew exactly how to do so? Well, look no further; per zzz_pt‘s suggestion, this week’s spotlight is once again on our very own leeislee and his spectacular tutorial teaching you how to do just that.

The tutorial uses Photoshop as the tool of choice but GIMP users should be able to follow along as well without much trouble. You’re walked through the process every step of the way and the end result will be something to be proud of. And this is only one of a handful of ways to achieve such a result, so if you’re reading this and feel like you have something worthy to contribute in addition to, or perhaps entirely unique to this tutorial you are encouraged to do so. For the full tutorial have a look here.

GTPlanet Vehicle of the Week

This week’s featured vehicle, courtesy of QuikSlvr223, features the brainchild of Gordon Murray, the McLaren F1; the fastest naturally-aspirated car in the world with a restricted top speed of 230 mph. The McLaren F1 is powered by a BMW 6.1 V12 that outputs over 600 horses, and was the first production vehicle to be made entirely from carbon fiber – something we take for granted in this day and age.

Have a suggestion for next week’s featured image? Drop me a private message, entitle it “GTPlanet Vehicle of the Week” and fill it out with your two choices and they’ll be featured in upcoming Rewinds.

GTPlanet Tune of the Week

This week’s tune strays away from the Seasonal-specific variety focused on for the past two weeks and instead turns it’s attention toward “GT by Citroen Race Car 2” tune done by C-Zeta of Zed Tunes. It’s tuned especially for Monza, and despite being down on power it’s still pretty fast. Have a look here for the tune and get ready to blast around Monza – but be wary of the dashboard view!

Exactly like the Picture and Vehicle of the Week features, if you have any suggestions for the upcoming Rewinds be sure to drop me a private message, entitle it “GTPlanet Tune of the Week” and let me know.

Closing Thoughts

Apologies for getting this out as late as I did, but I couldn’t see eye-to-eye with the day for a little while. With that said I don’t really have much to say this week so I’ll take this opportunity to advertise: those of you familiar with this segment are even more familiar with where it originated, ForzaPlanet. Now, before any of you go “Oh noes, T has gone rogue!” I have not gone rogue or anything of that sort, but the community is small (and, admittedly, kind of dead) so if you’re not a member already and you enjoy the Forza Motorsport series you should join and bring some much needed life into the community there.

It’s a little more than disheartening to see a community so full of life in the opening months of it’s run to suddenly die off like an extinct breed after all the hard work myself and Jordan put into it. So, those are my closing thoughts for this week, so if you’ll excuse me I need to cool off. Until next week keep racing!

EDIT: Hah! I forgot this week’s title. It’s there now, but do you see what a hectic day this has been now?

 GT5 Photomode images by gtunedMiklad and DarkR.

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  1. Dec. 12, 2:00am

    Great Article – Great Photos, love the 787B reflection shot…

    McLaren FOREVER!!!

  2. Dec. 10, 2:58pm

    Nice Articles you`ve been writing, really enjoy the tune recomendations.

    Keep Driving !!

  3. Dec. 9, 4:56am

    You know I was thinking that it would be awesome if polyphony would allow GT planet to run as in game social community. Stories and features that are on this site sure make GT5 community more tight knit. Maybe they could get rid of the boring NEWS feature and have GT planet news and features instead.

  4. Dec. 8, 12:45pm

    Wow ! Terronium-12 , dice1998 thank you ! :)

  5. Dec. 8, 10:24am

    Hey Terronium,

    The McLaren F1 has a restricted top speed of 230mph, not 240mph. They had to remove the REV limiter to hit 240mph

    • Dec. 8, 11:58am

      You’re right, just another reason to point out why I wasn’t seeing eye-to-eye with things yesterday – sabotaged left and right. :p

  6. Dec. 8, 8:11am

    Umm, T12, sorry to point this out to you now, but I believe the word you wanted to use was “wary”, not “weary”. As in “be wary of the dashboard view!”. You know, cautious, rather than tired.

    • Dec. 8, 12:01pm

      There’s nothing to be sorry about at all. This past Friday aside, I’m likely to miss a few errors even after proofreading, so if you or anyone else notices something then by all means, notify me of it.

  7. Dec. 8, 3:33am

    Great pics as always – but the opening image WOW! I didn’t know that GT5 photographs could work so well in graphic design. That’s stunning.

  8. Dec. 8, 12:54am

    Sorry to hear ForzaPlanet isn’t doing well. I joined pretty quickly after it started but unfortunately even though I’ve owned the Forza 3 and 4 the series has yet to really grab me like GT has. It doesn’t help that the 360 doesn’t support any of the wheels I’ve owned. [SIDERANT]they need to change that nex gen[/SIDERANT]. ForzaPlanet deserves to succeed though.

    • Dec. 8, 1:22am

      I bought csr elite just for forza 4! Guess what? It doesn’t work properly with it! :( Don’t get me wrong I, luv the game in gt5 and LFS but I have ffb losses in forza 4 -> sudden pushes or moments where wheel becomes light when it’s not supposed to and it renders the game unplayable.. Imagine my disappointment after upgrading from g25 just to enjoy forza :(:(:(

    • Dec. 8, 12:07pm

      That’s weird. My CSR works fine with FM4.

    • Dec. 9, 4:31am

      So Is all ffb working as it should? What FW have you got? Settings u use? Is ur xbox fully updated? :( it can’t be the wheels fault, can it? I mean, it worksfine with everything else!!

  9. Dec. 8, 12:18am

    That Schultze GT-R pic looks really realistic! I’m interested in giving that reflection thing a go too!

  10. Dec. 7, 10:06pm

    My weekly read continues with the latest article. Thank you and keep up the good work.

  11. Dec. 7, 9:00pm

    A another great Weekely rewind. I love these, and read them every week :-)

  12. Dec. 7, 8:22pm

    That QuikSlvr223 guy has awesome taste in cars.

  13. Dec. 7, 8:11pm

    That’s my picture, thanks T12!

  14. Dec. 7, 8:03pm

    Make an app for Forzaplanet. 95% of the time I’m on GTP is through the app. I’m sure it can’t be that hard to make considering its incredibley similar to GTP

  15. Dec. 7, 7:38pm

    Guys, the brand new Playstation Store web site in England lists the PSP GT game as a PS Vita playable game. Does anyone here saw that too?

  16. Dec. 7, 7:03pm

    Great read. It has been quite a day all around i guess. I lost the headphones i baught yesterday, exited the subway to look for them and had to pay again to get in. Never did find them so had to buy another pair then dropped them without realizing it 10 min later. Just a thought, I would like to something with the mp4-12c on the Top gear track. Thats where it was tested during development.

    see the

    • Dec. 7, 7:05pm

      *h please ignore the last 2 words (see the). Not sure how they got there. Thanks

  17. Dec. 7, 6:26pm

    You guys are not just fighting to keep gtplanet/forzaplanet alive but are also keeping us, the fans from havIng our interest die off! Your dedication to us is really admirable! Imagine if we had such people joining the developer team of our beloved games gt/forza, directly feeding the publishers with our needs and concerns and constantly updating us about every single aspect of current or projects under development! :) long post, sorry ! Keep up the good work guys!

    P.S forza is not our adversary! We should be happy there is more than one game on the market to dominate our hearts and suit different tastes!

  18. Dec. 7, 6:04pm

    Awesome article written and photos chosen Terronium-12. :) I enjoyed the great read from it, and 100% understood your closing thoughts. I really enjoy the GTPlanet Weekly Rewind articles. :tup:

  19. Dec. 7, 5:51pm

    Oh, that pic from ShaolinMasta… It’s EPIC!

    • Dec. 8, 3:32am

      Agreed, I love it.

  20. Dec. 7, 5:50pm
    Mac K

    Epic pictures are epic.

  21. Dec. 7, 5:43pm

    You might as well give a shoutout to the shootout my tune is built for, too.

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